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Location:
Pendleton
Medium:
Jewelry from Flameworked Glass Beads
FEATURED WORK
Fran Carrico

“I try to capture themes of nature in my pieces, as well as that range of glass color. We are surrounded by nature’s beauty in our Indiana countryside and I try to interpret that in glass.”

Fran Carrico grew up in Winchester, where the whistle at Anchor Hocking Glass Factory was a fact of life three times a day and the big claw-shaped heat vent dominated the landscape.

Fast forward through college and her more-than-30-years as a chemistry teacher, to when Fran received one of the coveted Lilly Teacher Creativity Grants, and she says, “That let me explore glass blowing, flameworking and factory furnace glass. Flameworking’s scope and scale spoke to me, and I acquired a torch and materials and started playing.”

And following retirement, for the last nine years, her “playing” has refined into the serious glass art of flamework. “Even as a child, I was mesmerized by glass objects,” Fran said. “And as a chemistry teacher for more than a couple decades, I played a little with shaping glass for very simple laboratory uses. Glass has such intrinsic beauty as a material; I love its fluidity and range,” she said.

Much more than a chemistry teacher, Fran is very much aware of Indiana’s long history in glass work. She also is attuned to Indiana’s natural beauty, and says, “I try to capture themes of nature in my pieces, as well as that range of glass color. We are surrounded by nature’s beauty in our Indiana countryside and I try to interpret that in glass.”

Married to her college lab partner for nearly 50 years, the duo has two children and six grandchildren. About Indiana Artisan, Fran said, “I wanted the authentication of the brand and to be part of the lovely shows. I tried several times to become an Indiana Artisan; to me it is a validation of my journey into glass art” – a journey that, appropriately, started under the whistle of Anchor Hocking Glass.